‘Cage Queen’ Eimear Codd ready for the challenge of Ula Mydlowska
Last October Eimear Codd made history by appearing in the first ever female fight on Cage Kings with just three days’ notice.
On 26th March she sets foot in the cage again to face Ula Mydlowska in a 59 kg C Class pro Muay Thai bout at Cage Kings Dublin.
The amicable fighter has seen vast improvements in her game over the last year and now she feels ready to step up and test herself in the pros.
Cage Kings is renowned as one of the best promotions in the country and Codd is thankful for her opportunity to appear on it.
“I never really thought about the fight with Yvonne last year because I took it on short notice as her opponent had pulled out. It was a surreal and strange experience. I’m so use to fighting in the ring and then when I got into the cage I felt so enclosed and intimidated but once the bell went I relaxed.”
“It was nice for Martin Horgan to ask me to fight; it felt great. Even though the result last time didn’t go my way I must have done something right,” she said.
The thought of turning pro never really came into her mind and she had declined the option in 2015. But now with one week to go until the fight she said that the opportunity is ‘amazing’.
We will see a different Eimear Codd at Cage Kings this time out. Nerves of the occasion prevented her from showing her true potential last year but now she has a different mentality.
“I was very intimidated by everything last time. This year I’ve focused myself and realised that I’m putting hard work in every training session. I feel like I’ve developed more overall as a fighter. Last year I was very nervous and I was just finding myself but now I feel more settled,” she explains.
The difference between the ring and cage can be a daunting prospect and Eimear went into detail about how she found the experience last time out.
“In the ring you have the ropes to spring back off and the corners to use. In the cage it’s a circle and you don’t even know where your corner men are so you’re looking for them. You hear noises but aren’t sure where they’re coming from. There’s no spring back from the cage so it’s really different.”
“It’s definitely something I’d like to do more off. It makes me think more because you can’t just pin someone in the corner. It’s much easier for them to slip out whereas you have to work hard to get out of the corner in the ring,” said the Valhalla fighter.
Ula Mydlowska presents a stern challenge for Codd. It will be a high tempo affair between two experienced fighters.
“I expect it’s going to be high paced because she’s very fit. She’s flexible too so I think she’ll really show me what she’s capable off. I want to show that I can stand my ground with someone like her because she seems so calm in the ring from watching her other fights. I need to show my composure against her.”
Codd is looking forward to stepping into the cage with Mydlowska in what will be her first fight of the year.
“This year feels a lot slower and more relaxed. I’ve had time to think about it more and pick up on all my bad habits. She’s very experienced and has had a lot of fights too so we’ll both go out to show our best. We’re the only females on the card so we’ll be the ‘Cage Queens’.”
Composure is the key to success in any sport and before a fight it can be extremely difficult to relax. Codd admits that she gets very nervous but ‘once the bell goes’ she relaxes.
“You’re in the environment and you hear all the noise from the other fights and then you hear people telling stories about other fighters getting knocked out so that scares you. Getting my hands wrapped, listening to music and a bit of chit chat helps me through it. After the bell I have no nerves,” she explains.
Her avenue into the sport came about when her sister asked her to go along to some kickboxing classes.
“I had no intentions of doing any kind of contact sports because I was so shy. I went to some classes and then my trainer Tony came into one of them and he converted me to Muay Thai nearly two years ago. I love it now.”
Like many of her peers the sport has had a very positive effect on her life inside and outside the ring.
“It’s given me more confidence in everyday things. I use to very shy and unsociable but since I began training with people and communicating with them it’s brought out my social butterfly. It’s grounded me too and I’m a lot more disciplined,” she said.
Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu is one of Codd’s biggest inspirations. She has fought the most Muay Thai fights in Thailand as a foreigner and Codd aspires to be on the same level.
But there is one other obvious choice which is partly the reason why she will step inside the cage next Saturday night.
Saenchai inspired Codd to progress in the sport and focus on doing well.
“Obviously I’d have to mention Saenchai because he’s spectacular to watch. I went to see his fight down in Cork against Stephen Meleady and that really got me into the sport. I was tipping away in training focused more on fitness and then I saw his fight and it showed me what I could do. That show really made me think and decide that I wanted to give it a go.”